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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support

Mission: To provide therapeutic recreational equine activities for children and adults with special needs to experience the bond that is created between horse and rider. Empowering them to be victorious in all areas of life and reach their fullest potential.

Results: Since inception in Oct 2007, we have grown from 5 students to 40 plus steady students in additon to hosting special needs groups for day trips to the farm. We educate them with hands on learning experience with all the animals on the farm in a safe and supervised environment. The benefits impact them physically, cognitively and psychologically. These aspects of the session awaken their awareness, increase coordination and attention span, along with giving them a CAN DO attitude to succeed in life. Providing volunteer opportunities for school groups, individuals and community service workers to enable them to give back to their communities.

Target demographics: Handicapped, disabled or special needs peopleVolunteers who want to assist people with disabilities in the South Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 40 plus special needs students with various disibilities like CP, MS, Autism, ADHD, Learning disibilities,Speech delays etc.and their families, plus groups from Elim , Cornerstone, St. Colletta's, The Lions Club, various preschools, Girl scouts, Brownie groups and youth groups.

Geographic areas served: Northern Il.

Programs: Riding sessions that takes therapy out of the clinical setting and puts it in a safe and fun environment. Horse/animal care education and hands on experience.

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Cindy89

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Victory Reins does so much for everyone involved; the volunteers as well as those receiving services. It is very rewarding. Sandy and Jim have hearts for God and it shows through what they do through VR.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 13 year old and I volunteer together and let me tell you, we get as much out of Victory Reins as the kids that we help. The kids are so sweet and positive and Sandy and Jim have a heart of gold. I look forward to spending my Thursdays at VR!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family loves Victory Reins!!
They are extremely welcoming and always making improvements on their facilities!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Victory Reins for over 1 year now and I absolutely love my new second home. Sandy is an amazing teacher and friend to the many students and parents that come to the facility. She has made such a warm and loving environment for not only the parents and students that attend, but also the many volunteers who look forward to coming each and every time. I have learned so much about myself as well as the students who come out to ride with us. It has been an amazing experience so far and Sandy has shown me a career path I had never considered before. The volunteers I work with are amazing and I have made many new friends! She is a great role model, teacher and friend to everyone who comes to Victory Reins!

happyhelper

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the organization since its birth. Victory Reins is a place like no other, it is a shining example of the good in this world. If ever you have a doubt that angels exist, visit Victory Reins, and you will find your answer. You will be changed forever. Victory Reins instills in all who go there, a sense of compassion, eagerness to help, and an understanding that, yes, you can make a difference, we all can, all you have to do is show up!!!! I highly recommend Victory Reins to all of us. Go there and you will see what I mean, it will forever change your life in the best way possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Victory Reins is a place of acceptance, hope, love, understanding and trust. Not only do the students learn but any and all who enter learn as well. You make lifelong friendships and lessons at Victory Reins. Sandy and her horses are amazing. They create a bond with each and every person who enters and they enrich your life in a way that cannot be described. Victory Reins is truely a blessing.

1 Sam_43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at Victory Reins for almost eight years. When I came in, I knew almost nothing about horse riding or husbandry. The owners of Victory Reins took me in as one of their own almost immediately. This place is a haven for learning, care, and a very positive attitude, as well as a happy home for many many animals. I have learned so much about myself and others in working with our students, and I couldn't be more grateful that Victory Reins does what it does. I'm beyond honored to have VR as my second home, and as my happy place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer here for approximately 2 months now. The environment and the people are all such a joy to be around. Add in the animals and all their personalities and it sometimes feels impossible to leave.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so happy that I found Victory Reins. I have been a volunteer here for only a few months and I have learned so much. Theres never a day I have gone without a smile on my face! It's a great place for people of all ages to learn, relax and have fun.

Abigail A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love coming here in my free time, it's a great place to learn something new and spend time, every time I'm here I feel welcomed and needed, it truly is a blessing

Judy30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that helps people of all ages and disabillities to feel like they can overcome their weaknesses. You always feel acceptance and love here. This is my "home away from home". They always make you feel like family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before is started volunteering at Victory Reins, I was having problems with depression. Since working there my life has so much more meaning! I absolutely love working with the horses, the kids and the other volunteers! The owner, Miss Sandy, is an outstanding lady who would do ANYTHING to help ANYONE! It is a very positive environment for ALL who go there! While the world is telling you that you are no good and that you can't do something, Miss Sandy is telling and showing you that, "Oh yes you CAN!". It is a place where a person with any kind of disability can go and feel good about themselves again, even the volunteers!

Dave62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I were volunteering last summer when a very young and scared autistic little girl, maybe three or four years old, started coming. We were there the first night she came. She was afraid, no terrified, of all that was going on. The horses scared her, the people, everything. One of the volunteers, Miss Jackie, walked and sang to her during the entire time that first night, and the next few visits as well.
After three visits or so the little one came in with her cowboy boots, a big smile and ready to ride. This was an amazing transformation and connection she made to the horses, the volunteers and to Sandy.
Some of these "clients" have only this to look forward to. They lighten up, get excited by just being there. Jim & Sandy, all the volunteers work very hard and are extremely dedicated to this cause. This is an amazing non-profit organization. Good people with a good cause!